In addition to the next-generation LCD TV ultra-thin Limited Edition series, Sharp is announcing a new AQUOS LCD TV series with 120 Hz technology, and a 42-inch model available in several new LCD TV widescreen series.
Complementing the AQUOS LCD TV introductions are two new Sharp AQUOS Blu-ray players.
AQUOS HDTV Limited Edition Series (models LC-65XS1U-S and LC-52XS1U-S)
Sharp?s next-generation AQUOS LCD TV Limited Edition Series has a depth at its thinnest point of only one inch. Both the new 65- and 52-inch Class ultra-thin models provide an extremely small footprint, establishing a new design standard for LCD TV and allowing for beautiful, unobtrusive wall-mounting placement.
Both models incorporate an ultra-high performance RGB LED backlight, for a 150 percent NTSC color gamut and extremely high Dynamic Contrast Ratio of more than 1,000,000:1 for extremely deep blacks, as well as Sharp's AQUOS Net Web-based service. These models also offer several energy-saving features, with very low power consumption. The Limited Edition models are equipped with a new system designed to lower power consumption during use by adjusting the screen brightness based on the level of brightness in the area of installation.
Contributing to the slim frame of the screen, this next-generation Series has a separate AVC system set-top box for all input terminals that can be connected to the screen via the included HDMI cable or with an optional wireless connection to eliminate cable clutter. Additionally, the units include five HDMI inputs as well as dual HD component terminals, all of which are compatible with 1080p signals. For convenience, one HDMI and one component terminal are located on the front of the AVC system. The unit also houses a separate speaker with Sharp?s 1-Bit amplifier as well as an RS-232C port for custom installations and a dedicated PC input.
AQUOS HDTV D85U Series (models LC-52D85U, LC-46D85U and LC-42D85U)
The new widescreen series of Full HD1080p HDTV AQUOS Liquid Crystal Televisions are available in 52-, 46- and 42-inch Classes.
The D85U series features Sharp?s proprietary 10 bit Advanced Super View panel with Spectral Contrast Engine UD (Ultra Dark). The models include Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120 Hz Frame Rate Conversion, fast pixel response time of 4 ms, and wide viewing angles of 176 degrees.
Additionally, all units in this series include five HDMI inputs and two HD component terminals, all of which are compatible with 1080p signals from Blu-ray Disc players and other new devices, in addition to RS-232C for custom installations and a dedicated PC input.
The D85U series is Energy Star qualified and also offers a new energy-saving function. A "Power Saving Mode" is available through the unit?s on-screen display menu, which enables active contrast and active backlight to reduce the energy of the television while in use.
The LC-52D85U and LC-46D85U will be available in October for MSRPs of $2,599.99 and $2,199.99 respectively; the LC-42D85U will be available in November for an MSRP of $1,899.99.
AQUOS HDTV D65U Series (models LC-52D65U, LC-46D65U and LC-42D65U)
The widescreen series of Full HD1080p HDTV AQUOS LCD TVs, available in 52" Class, 46" Class and 42" Class screen size class units, feature a slim design.
This Full HD 1080p TV series uses Sharp?s proprietary Advanced Super View LCD panel. The ASV/Black TFT Panel with Spectral Contrast Engine UD (Ultra Dark) provides high Dynamic Contrast Ratio and a pixel response time of 6ms, as well as 176 degree viewing angles. Rounding out the enhanced list of specs is the D65U?s array of inputs, including five HDMI inputs and two HD component video inputs, all 1080p compatible, an RS-232C input for control, and a PC input so the TV can be used as a PC monitor, saving space and reducing clutter.
The series is also Energy Star-compliant, with very low power consumption.
The D65U series will be available with a stunning piano black inner bezel and a matching black outer frame, along with subtle recessed, bottom-mounted speakers and a detachable table stand.
The LC-52D65U and LC-46D65U will be available in October for MSRPs of $2,399.99 and $1,899.99 respectively, the LC-42D65U is available now for an MSRP of $1,599.99.
AQUOS HDTV SE94 Series (models LC-65SE94U, LC-52SE94U and LC-46SE94U)
Sharp?s elegantly styled "Special Edition" SE94 widescreen AQUOS LCD TV series, available in 65" Class, 52" Class and 46" Class screen size class units, combines a high picture quality with a distinguished "Cornerstone" design and "AQUOS Net" capability.
With the latest version of Sharp?s proprietary Advanced Super View panel, it has full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and high Dynamic Contrast Ratio.
The SE94 series also features a 10-bit panel combined with Fine Motion Enhanced technology for 120 Hz Frame Rate Conversion, as well as fast 4ms response time and wide viewing angles (176 degrees).
Through the unit?s Ethernet jack, users have access to AQUOS Net, a service providing customized Web-based content as well as real-time customer support. Using this service, viewers can create and configure "widgets" to check the local weather forecast or get stock quotes while watching their favorite television show. Also available through AQUOS Net is the AQUOS Advantage Live tool, which provides customer support including the ability to have dedicated Sharp agents connect to the TV and remotely optimize picture quality or diagnose problems at the touch of a button.
The "Special Edition" AQUOS series features Sharp?s proprietary 5-wavelength backlight system that provides an enhanced color spectrum. Additionally, all the units include 3 HDMI (version 1.3 with x.v.color and Deep Color) inputs as well as dual HD component terminals, all of which are compatible with 1080p signals. The unit also houses an RS-232C port for custom installations and a dedicated PC input.
These models are available in a textured finish and detachable bottom speakers, and include a detachable table stand.
The LC-65SE94U, LC-52SE94U and LC-46SE94U are available now for Manufacturer?s Suggested List Prices of $8,499.99, $3,299.99 and $2,599.99 respectively.
AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Player BD-HP21U
Sharp also shoecases the slim-profile AQUOS model BD-HP21U Blu-ray player. This unit allows the users to access additional content from Blu-ray titles, including movie trailers, special subtitles/audio and games.
The BD-HP21U's Quick Start feature lets you enjoy Blu-ray Disc video with the touch of a button in less than 10 seconds. Through an HDMI cable connection, users can experience AQUOS LINK, which enables integrated operation between the Blu-ray disc player and AQUOS LCD TV. With the AQUOS LINK feature, products connected via HDMI cables can be controlled through the AQUOS screen with a single TV remote.
The device come swith both analog and digital outputs, including HDMI connections at 1080p as well as DVD up-conversion of standard DVDs. JPEG digital images can be viewed as a slide show from recorded CD-RW/R with digital images. The player also offers multi-channel audio output via HDMI connections by decoding Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. It also decodes Dolby Digital Plus.
The BD-HP21U is available now for an MSRP of $349.99.
AQUOS Blu-ray Disc Player BD-HP50U
This is another slim-profile AQUOS Blu-ray player. This unit allows users to access additional content from Blu-ray titles, including movie trailers, special subtitles/audio and games. The player features a built-in HDMI 1.3 digital output.
The unit also outputs 1920 x 1080 24 fps (frames per second) high-definition video and features a Quick Start feature. The player also offers multi-channel audio output via HDMI by decoding, as well as Bitstream output Dolby?TrueHD, DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby Digital Plus.
The BD-HP50U provides an RS-232C port for advanced control and is compatible with a wide variety of formats including BD-ROM/RE/R, DVD Video, DVD-RW/R, DVD+RW/R, and Audio CDs. Additionally, the BD-HP50U is compatible with standard DVDs and is capable of upscaling them via HDMI.
The BD-HP50U is available now for a Manufacturer?s Suggested List Price of $449.99.
Sharp HDTV SB Series (models LC-52SB55U, LC-46SB54U and LC-42SB45U)
The new widescreen SB series of Full HD 1080p LCD TVs (models LC-52SB55U, LC-46SB54U and LC-42SB45U) provides consumers with affordably-priced large-screen options, available in 52-, 46- and 42-inch Class units. These entry-level Full-HD 1080p (1920 x 1080 resolution) models feature Sharp?s Spectral Contrast Engine for enhanced picture. All three models tout a pixel response time of 6ms (6.5ms on the LC-42SB45U) and wide viewing angles so the TV can be viewed from virtually anywhere in a room.
Additionally, these models come fully equipped with built-in ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners and an array of inputs, including four HDMI inputs on the LC-52SB55U, two on the LC-46SB54U and three on the LC-42SB45U, as well as two HD component terminals on each. These units also come outfitted with a dedicated PC input so the TV screen can also function as a PC monitor. An OPC Power Save function automatically adjusts luminance to room brightness and lighting conditions. All SB models are cased in a piano-black bezel with a detachable table stand for wall mounting applications.
The LC-52SB55U and LC-46SB54U are available now, while the LC-42SB45U will be available this month for MSRPs of $2,299.99, $1,699.99 and $1,399.99 respectively.
AQUOS HDTV Gaming LCD TV (models LC-32GP3U-R, LC-32GP3U-W, LC-32GP3U-B)
Sharp?s Full HD 1080p AQUOS gaming model series, the LC-32GP3U, is crafted specifically for video game enthusiasts and available in a 32-inch Class unit.
The GP3U set has a a thin body that provides a significantly smaller footprint than previous models, as well as a swivel stand.
The GP3U models also offers the same special features that enhance the game-playing experience as the previous gaming models, including a "game mode" which optimizes the picture quality for game-playing, and a custom-designed remote control that allows the user to quickly "jump" into the game mode, and access the side-placed terminals for easy connections to video games.
The game mode provides a "Vyper Drive" Game Reaction Speed, which reduces lag time between the game console and the TV to be virtually imperceptible. The panel boasts a 10,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio; enhanced Fine Motion video circuitry for fast pixel response time of 6 ms; and wide viewing angles of 176 degrees. It also includes Sharp?s proprietary 4-wavelength backlight system that provides a wider color spectrum to achieve deeper, more vivid reds than was previously possible. With three HDMI v1.3 inputs (with one on the side) as well as two HD component terminals (one on the side), the LC-32GP3U models are compatible with 1080p signals from the latest video game devices, as well as supports 1920 x 1080 24 fps (frames per second) high definition video, the highest resolution possible via an HDMI connection.
The LC-32GP3U-R, LC-32GP3U-W and LC-32GP3U-B are available now for an MSRP of $1,299.99.
Sharp is showcasing a 19-inch Class widescreen AQUOS? model, the LC-19D45U LCD TV. Boasting a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366 x 768 resolution and a distinctive small footprint, the LC-19D45U delivers high-definition picture in a screen size that?s perfect for secondary viewing spaces including kitchens, bedrooms and offices.
The LC-19D45U includes ATSC/NTSC tuners to receive off-air broadcasts as well as digital cable QAM capability to receive non-scrambled digital cable programming.
The LC-19D45U also has a unique remote with a built-in clock/timer and a magnetic back for placing the remote on metallic surface for ease of use. A timer function provides a convenient count down for use in a kitchen when cooking or in the bedroom to catch a favorite program. Model LC-19D45U is available now for an MSRP of $549.99.